Jan
9
2016

This is a story told by Raymond C. Allard in the publication Maritime Tales of the Sea. He relates his experiences as a Merchant Marine seaman in World War II. I joined the Merchant Marines on November 4, 1942, in New Haven, Connecticut. I went through training at Sheepshead Bay, New York. After finishing, I […]

Dec
5
2015

Harold Greer was born in Greenville, Texas and raised on a farm near Commerce, Texas. He began high school in Greenville in 1943, and had his heart set on being an ROTC Cadet. But Greenville High did not have an ROTC program. So, he talked his parents into moving to Dallas so he could receive […]

Nov
19
2015

Nelson Smith served in the Pacific during World War II as a Merchant Marine seaman. Today he has a passion to speak to as many groups as he can and inform them who these brave men were that he served alongside. “Almost no one knows what the Merchant Marine is,” Nelson says. Educating folks about […]

Oct
31
2015

The S.S. Patrick J. Hurley was a large ship that was converted into a tanker in 1941 and chartered to the War Shipping Administration as a Merchant Marine vessel to haul much needed fuel supplies across the Atlantic in World War II. She was 508 feet in length with a tonnage of 10,865 tons. She […]

Oct
23
2015

  They were 250,000 strong. They lost 9,000 men in World War II. 600 more were taken as prisoners of war and 11,000 of their number were wounded. The Merchant Marine suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch of service in World War II as they faithfully and bravely delivered troops, supplies and equipment […]